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  • Writer's picturePamela Tucker

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

I had typically shopped for fashion outside my neighborhood, meaning the stores

are located about a self imposed 10 blocks or so radius from my apartment. Unfortunately the number of stores in the area has dwindled so there is not much of a selection.

Compensating for the loss of shopping options, my neighborhood has expanded, with it now defined to any location where I want to walk -- and based on the day it could vary. On Saturday, a hot and humid day, decided to take a walk in the neighborhood to check out the shopping options and to see if I could find a few items.

The store visits were successful. I hadn't been to AnikNewYork, a one unit retailer located on the Upper East Side since the beginning of the pandemic. I like the trendy and less forward fashion merchandise it stocks. The fitting rooms are a nice size, but there are not any mirrors in them so you have to leave the room to get to the mirrors. I don't like doing that.

A benefit of switching up stores s is learning about new brands. While at AnikNewYork.

I came across a few brands I had not seen before. Estelle and Finn was one of those new brands. I bought a great pair of black "step-hem" styled black pants. Super fabric and perfect fit! When I got home I looked on line for some information about Estelle and Finn. Loved seeing the line is designed and made in New York City! Hoping it ramps up its website to provide more details about each of the products it offers and considers selling direct to customers via its website.

After AnikNewYork I walked a few blocks north to Mixology. With stores in New York and New Jersey this retailer focuses on a younger target market, GenZ and the Millennials. Nevertheless, the brand ZSupply caught my eye. The ZSupply cotton tee shirts felt soft to the touch. ZSupply is sold in other stores; but, it was nice to see it readily available nearby. Mixology is also stingy with mirrors. The fitting rooms are a nice size but you must leave the fitting room to see a mirror.

Overall a nice local shopping trip. What are you favorite local fashion stores?

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The dog days of summer arrived in New York City last week. The heat and humidity were a jolt because the weather in June was comfortable. August is the month I've considered the most oppressive. But based on these recent days, July is ranking with August as uncomfortably humid! When there is a shift in weather, a change in my clothing choices quickly follows.

With a life style of lots of walking and also traveling in the subway, being dressed to"beat the heat"is top of mind. Cotton and linen clothes, especially lightweight tops have been my go to choices in the past and these clothes are once again in the front of my closet. Drilling down further, pima cotton and linen are my favorite fabrics. I don't have a firm grasp regarding the differences between fabrics that are described as organic with those that are not. I wear both.

Minimalistic is my approach to clothes and in the summer, I keep it super simple by wearing "nice" t-shirts and basic pants. Some of my go to favorite brands for these summer clothes are: Vince (love the pima cotton t- shirts), Anthony Thomas Melillo (great cotton slub t-shirts) and Velvet by Graham and Spencer, (super soft linen button up long sleeve blouses.) As for bottoms, for me, pants are more comfortable than skirts. Alternating among a half dozen pair of the Theory brand's Treeca pull on pant in good linen, I've embraced the wrinkled look. These pants are the best for this sultry weather!

Since the majority of my summer "uniform" is full of basics, I like to go in-store shopping for a few items that could add some interest to outfits. Last week while in Bloomingdale's I came across a terrific top that adds texture and interest to almost any outfit. The item, by James Perse is a black semi sheer boxy fit linen polo with long sleeves. It is light weight. It looks great over a sleeveless top or tank top and works well with any sort of bottom and even looks terrific with a plain dress. I've already worn a few times and love it!

Check out the linen top. It is the James Perse "Soleil Linen Polo" It is also available in natural and white.

Just a few favorite brands are noted in this post. What are your go to clothes for dressing for the heat and humidity?

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  • Writer's picturePamela Tucker

Updated: Jul 8, 2023

Love 85 pumps
Jimmy Choo

About a month ago, looking for a pair of pointed toe high heel neutral suede pumps on, I came across a pair of Jimmy Choo pumps that caught my eye.

Seeing the style was the Love 85, I knew the heel, a little more than three inches high would be manageable. When it comes to heels, a manageable height is different for each person. A while back I was able to walk in the Jimmy Choo "Anouk" pump. But this heel is no longer manageable for me. With close to a five inch heel and pointy toes, the shoes are now tucked away in my closet. They are gorgeous and I'm unable to part ways with them. A special occasion will be needed to coax me to try walking in them again! I've worn Jimmy Choo shoes for about a decade. But I just stick to the range of pumps.

The Bloomingdale's website listing for these Love 85 high heels noted these were a pre-order item so I did not spend too much time reading through the product details. However, I stayed on the page staring at the shoes because I was fascinated by the color. lists the shade as Caprgreen. The Jimmy Choo website states the color is Caper green. The website with the incorrect spelling of the color listed should consider correcting it. Caper green is difficult to describe. It is a brownish, greenish, "mustardish" combination. What I love about this color is it is a strong neutral color. It will look great with black, olive, navy and almost any other color in an outfit! Please check out the shoes on the Jimmy Choo website:

Yesterday while at Bloomingdale's I went to the Jimmy Choo area on the fifth floor. There they were-- the Caper green suede pumps. I was in a rush so I could not ask to try them on. Hopefully another time. While I do not know how they would feel on my feet, I do know I'm in love with "Love 85". What about you?

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